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I am aware that one textile factory has closed and that another is expected to close. The majority of the people who have left these two factories have found other work. My local officers will continue to do everything possible to submit those still unemployed to other vacancies.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in addition to the textile industry running down, there is apprehension concerning a rubber company in the Dunfermline area, and that whilst it may be true that the younger people are finding little difficulty in obtaining alternative employment, it is becoming exceedingly difficult—and has, indeed, always been exceedingly difficult—for middle-aged and married women to get alternative work once these textile firms are closed down?
I know about the textile position, but I did not know about the rubber company. Perhaps the hon. Member will let me look into that. It is quite true, as the hon. Member says, that although there is a very small male unemployment figure in the area, the real difficulty is in the female unemployment. Knowing that, we will do what we can to help.